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Feb 2016
Organic Agriculture Program of Negros Occidental

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, organic agriculture is an effective strategy for mitigating climate change by building robust soils that are better adapted to extreme weather conditions associated with climate change. The Organic Agriculture Program in Negros Occidental started with the Public- Private Initiative in Organic Agriculture which established the organic vegetable farm in the rear of Capitol Building in 2005 and the 15 pilot organic villages. The components of the program include: trainings and Information, education and campaign (IEC); production of organic products (agri and......

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Organic Agriculture

Organic agriculture promotes an ecologically sound, socially acceptable and economically viable and technically feasible production of food. This is through the reduction of external inputs by avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and pharmaceuticals, while enhancing productivity without destroying the soil and harming farmers, consumers and the environment. The elements of organic crop production include soil management, crop management or multiple cropping, seeds and planting materials and pest management. Soil management involves composting,...


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Province-wide Zero Waste Campaign

“It is high time for human beings to take the right action towards saving the earth.” This was how Gov. Padilla ended her talk where she shared why and how they implemented a province-wide zero waste campaign. With the aims to maximally increase the capacity of all the 275 target barangays in the 15 municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya and to enable Nueva Vizcaya to be the first province to attain compliance to RA 9003...


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Update on Conference of Parties 21 in Paris

Distinguished guests, good afternoon to everyone. Bon jour. It is a great pleasure to be with all of you today for this 1st Philippine Environment Summit. I thank you for this opportunity that is given to me to share with you some insights about the 21st Climate Conference, also called as COP21, which took place in Paris last December. Almost a year ago, in February 2015, we started our preparation for COP 21 here...


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Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security

Somehow we neglected the fact that healthy environment is necessary for healthy people. We’ve externalized the environment as if it was something outside us. But food is what connects the earth and our bodies. When we destroy the earth, we are destroying our health. We are destroying our economies. I witnessed this over the last three (3) decades in my beloved country, India. And you are witnessing it in the Philippines. We share similar...


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Urban Gardening & Solid Waste Management

There were basically two (2) topics discussed in this session, ecological solid waste management (ESWM), a very popular and practical topic, and urban gardening (UG). Speakers in the session explained how urban gardening is related to ESWM, food security and climate change mitigation. As an added value to the discussion, they also shared the psychological impact of solid waste management and urban gardening to people. They highlighted the benefits gained from the practice of...


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Running an Organic Restaurant

The Coconut House is not just an organic restaurant but a social enterprise managed by the Philippine Coconut Society whose advocacy is for the welfare of the coconut farmers through the development and production of different healthy products that can be derived from coconuts. Being a social enterprise, the restaurant is not profit- oriented but is more on empowering the farmers by maximizing their gains. As a means of promoting the products, Coconut House...


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Contact Growing: The Promise of Cocoa

The great demand for organically grown and processed cacao provides opportunities for cacao farmers, processors and traders. Their organization is helping capacitate the farmers by providing them support and training on organic cacao farming and processing. Aside from the health benefits that can be derived from cacao products, there are ecological gains from organic cacao farming.


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Benefits of Raw Food

Raw food, being 100% natural and minimally processed is rich in dietary fiber, life- giving enzymes, minerals, water and vitamins. It therefore is healthier, and promotes long life. When heated to more than about 43˚C/118˚F, foods lose more than 85% of their enzymes which our body needs. Below are some considerations in raw vegan food preparation: 1. Choose local and organic. Since there is no cooking involved, buy organic fruits and vegetables. Buying local...


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Food as Medicine

The rates of obesity and chronic diseases have increased significantly because we have shifted away from natural remedies and rely on processed, fatty and sugar-laden food diet. Quoting Hippocrates, “Let thy food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food”, he said that putting the right fuel into your body makes your internal engine run smoothly. Every meal that you consume influences the way you feel. The more nutritious foods you choose, the healthier...


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